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The Fridge DC is an art gallery, performance space, music venue and classroom located on Barracks Row in the historic Eastern Market neighborhood of Washington, DC. We opened our doors in 2009.

The Fridge is dedicated to making the arts accessible to everyone. We foster community dialogue by serving as a creative lab for expression through art.



The Fridge as an Art Space

Opening Reception for EMP Collective’s Genesis

The Fridge is primarily an art gallery focusing on street art from emerging and established artists, but our space is designed to be flexible for all artistic disciplines, and, as such, we host performers, musicians, dancers and more. We’re invested in showing a wide range of creative disciplines – The Fridge has presented magicians, performance artists, hip hop, blues folk and rock concerts, comedians, acrobatics and sideshows. We’re invested in the success of DC’s slam poetry and storytelling communities, and are home to the DC Beltway Poetry Slam Team, a group that performs here the last Tuesday of each month.



The Fridge as a Community Center

SCOTCH! Stencil and Spray Paint Workshop. Photograph by Joshua Yospyn.

We are devoted to the well being and creative expression of DC kids and families. We support the community through workshops, fundraisers and exhibitions. During 2012, we have been a regular home to public art workshops from the DC nonprofit Albus Cavus. We hosted Warhol Through the Eyes of the Children, an exhibition of artwork created by kids served by The Perry Center support services organization located in the North Capitol neighborhood. We worked with SMYAL, a non-profit that supports and empowers DC LGBTQ youth to put on two HIV/AIDS awareness events. This is the second year that we’ve installed an annual exhibition and fundraiser from DC Public Schools’ Incarcerated Youth Program.


Find Us

The Fridge is located at:

516 1/2 8th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
(google map)

For information on our hours and how to find The Fridge, head to our Visit page.